Hansler Award Recipients

The 2016 Hansler Award Recipient: Ann Russell!


We are delighted to announce that Ann Russell has received the 2016 Stephen P. Hansler Award. Ann joined the Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio Board of Directors in the 1990s and served two terms as Board President. In addition to her work on the Board, Ann assists the MAHO staff in the office as a clerical volunteer.

Ann initially studied Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University, then went to graduate school at Case Western Reserve University to get a master’s degree in Physical Therapy. After several years of clinical work in Cleveland and Boston, Ann joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in the Physical Therapy Program. With an increased interest in research, she attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a PhD in Exercise Science. Over the years she has had varied experiences: she volunteered at a camp for children with muscular dystrophy and held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Washington in Seattle and other faculty positions at Cleveland State, Gannon University, and Walsh University. She is presently retired from clinical work.

With a vocation in physical therapy, Ann’s interest in MAHO’s mission is obvious.  Before joining the Board, she was well aware of the housing issues of many of the people she worked with and was glad Kathy Cotman introduced her to MAHO.  Ann has been a strong advocate of the organization and encouraged others to share their time, talent and treasure with MAHO.

As a Board member, Ann thoroughly analyzes issues to arrive at correct decisions.  As an individual, she almost always puts the needs of others before her own. She has served eleven years on the Executive Committee, where she has shared her knowledge of MAHO’s history and combined it with a passion for the mission, vision and values of MAHO.  Ann has been a steady influence, guide and mentor to many of its Board members, both past and present, and she ranks among the top Board members in service to MAHO.

We are very appreciative of Ann’s dedication to increasing and improving accessible housing options for everyone. We are proud to honor her with the Hansler Award.

The 2015 Hansler Award Recipient: Mary Ann Gehringer!

Hansler Award (4)

We are delighted to announce that Mary Ann Gehringer has received the 2015 Stephen P. Hansler Award. Since meeting Steve 31 years ago, Mary Ann has supported Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) as our auditor and friend. As our auditor, Mary Ann helped create accounting systems that worked as MAHO grew into the organization it is today. Mary Ann consistently went above and beyond her role, informing others of MAHO’s accessibility experience and taking part in MAHO events.

When Mary Ann’s husband, Mike, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused limited eyesight, speech difficulties, and mobility issues, Mary Ann knew that Mike was going to need accessible housing. She sought all the information she could to make her home accessible including, of course, consulting with Steve to utilize his expertise. Mary Ann renovated all living areas that Mike would be using and even bought a completely accessible motor home, complete with a chairlift.

With her expanded accessibility knowledge, Mary Ann has become a resource for numerous others dealing with new disabilities and became a fierce advocate for accessibility. Now, despite battling her own personal health issues, Mary Ann has never stopped being a source of positive council and has been a blessing to everyone that she has touched.

We are appreciative of Mary Ann’s support for many years and her continued advocacy for accessibility and are proud to honor her with the Hansler Award.


The 2014 Hansler Award Recipient: MaryLou Lamb!

SH Award 2014 - MaryLou LambWe are very excited to announce that MaryLou Lamb received the inaugural Stephen P. Hansler Award. MaryLou has been a part of MAHO since its beginning: she helped found the organization in 1981, served as a Board member for over 25 years, and is currently an Emeritus Director. She has made outstanding contributions to furthering the mission, vision and values of MAHO.

MaryLou graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She has spent over 30 years working in Cleveland and the surrounding areas as a teacher, program director, consultant and Pastoral Disability Specialist. MaryLou was part of the Outreach Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for 15 years and served as the Program Coordinator and Director of the Task Force for Persons with Disabilities at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry for seven years. MaryLou also authored the book A Star and a Rainbow for Benji, which was inspired by two boys she knew through her work at the Outreach Ministry.

MaryLou received the ARC Cuyahoga County Award in 1973 for advocacy and innovative new programs and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service in 1998. MaryLou has been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and has made significant contributions to improving their lives. MaryLou considers it an honor to receive the Hansler Award and is happy to have remained a part of MAHO for over three decades.

We are very grateful for MaryLou’s excellent work and proud to honor her with the Hansler Award.



Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio • 1725 East 115th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106

216-231-7221 • TTY: 711 • info@mahohio.org

equal housing opportunity logo    wheelchair symbol             facebook symbol    youtube symbol